SEATTLE -- Here are five observations of the Seattle SuperSonics from training camp:
1. How has Gary Payton's lack of a contract extension -- that caused him to hold out for a day and a half of training camp -- affected his play on the court? At least initially, Payton seems to be the mature leader he was last season, helping guide younger players through the camp.
2. Desmond Mason looks ready to blossom, refining a jump shot that once was horrendous and now seems steady and reliable.